Thursday, August 30, 2007

Long time, No Blog!











Things have absolutely been crazy here and I mean Crazy! Here is a brief rundown......July second... get oldest daughter and grandson from bus station...Stacie has surgery and spends twenty four days in the hospital while I keep Daniel and work at my new job.....We have weekend company twice, Stacie finally gets out and then I get the phone call from my youngest daughter Lisa...."mom, the reason Mark and I are having marriage problems is because we both have drug problems and you better come to Portland tonight and get the kids because we cant take care of them.....I have now had Olivia, age six and Andrew eighteen months, since the twenty sixth of July. Lisa and Mark are getting a divorce and Lisa just entered and inpatient rehab....I also have gone from working part time to working full time...Do I make art? Hah! What is that? Actually I do, just have to squeeze it in when I have the energy...I am trying to get things running smoothly and that is a job in itself! Daniel and Liv start school soon and Stacie got a job and is doing well..She helps me a lot with the two little ones. I am going through all the legal custody things and arranging school and counseling and trying to do laundry, groceries, clean and all that too...I finally told Stacie that I have to sew or make something for at least a half hour a day or I will go bonkers!!!!I have finished a charity quilt for a girls club..They pieced it and I put it together and quilted it. I also made an embellished outfit for our stores fashion show and an auction that we are part of to benefit hospice.....It is a vest with paint sticked fabric and an art purse...The picture is of it hanging in the store...I also was published as an inchies artist in Quilting Arts magazine! Woo hoo! Can you find my inchies? and I am posting a picture of Liv that I took for the fun of it...We were playing at being fairies for an altered book spread for Color me Silly" My altered book group.....One day soon, I will get caught up and more organized! Until then, it is one day at a time or I will lose my marbles for good!!!!!Thanks for hanging with me!!!!

6 comments:

purplepaint said...

I love your purse! And your vest and skirt, and the purse! LOL! Playing fairies looks like fun! Glad to see QA gave credit to all the artists for the inchies. Hang in there and take your 30 minutes. :) Marva

Helen in the UK said...

Woo hoo - you're back in blogland!! Really missed you - glad to hear that things have settled a little at home. You've really got your hands full. Glad to hear Stacie is on the mend and started back at work. I think one day at a time is all you can do at the moment. Hang in there - sounds like you are doing great :)

amy said...

I was wondering what happened to you! At least everyone is ok though I am sure you are exhausted. I wish you lived closer so I could help. :) Take care and get that 30 minutes in to preserve your sanity.

Heather Robinson said...

Oh my goodness, Melinda! Just when you though life couldn't get any crazier. Those children are lucky to have you....especially when you play dress-up fairies! Congratulations on the inchies! So glad to have you back in blogland.

katelnorth said...

great to hear from you, Melinda. Sorry you have little time for art, but raising happy kids (or grandkids) is an art, too, so your time is by no means wasted...

barbara burkard said...

Your work in my book is gorgeous! BEAUTIFUL FAIRIES! Thank you for your art!
p.s. I have extra marbles if you need some as I bought replacements years ago!!!

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